Picture of the Week: Retro Renault – on display at Chantilly, France at the EV E-Tension Days


The Renault 4 was one of the world’s greatest automotive successes. Created in 1961, 8,135,429 units were produced through 1992. 

A car that did it all, it was much loved by the French postal service and Gendarmerie, housewives and students, globe trotters and retirees, holidaymakers and craftsmen.

The latter were most often won over by its van form. Its low-cost maintenance, its space and sturdiness in any occasion won over all types of professionals, especially mechanics.

The small Renault 4 F4 van in “Renault Service” orange and white became synonymous with proximity. A few years later, the “Express” van based on the Super 5 took over before the modern “Kangoo”.

Model featured: 1970 Renault 4 F4

Engine: 4 cylinder – 747 CC – 27 hp

Transmission: 4-speed manual

Dimensions: L : 3,67 m l :  1,49 m

Weight : 720 kg

Max speed: 130 km/h

Launched before the Second World War, the Juvaquatre saloon was the first Renault with an integral chassis and independent front wheels. 

A pick-up van version with 250 kg payload was soon introduced with a 300 kg version added in late 1938 just before the start of the War.

At the end of the 1940s, the “4 CV” took over from the Juvaquatre saloon, but it continued in the form of a “quick delivery van” equipped, first, with a 4 hp engine (1954) then the “Dauphine” (1965) engine, taking on the name “Dauphinoise”.

These small utility vehicles, with windows or sheet metal panels, were used by craftsmen and even the Gendarmerie Nationale for a long time. 52,000 “Dauphinoises” were delivered between 1956 and 1960, when the Renault 4 took over.

Model featured:

1950 Renault Juvaquatre

Fourgonnette 300 kilos (type AHG2)

Engine: 4 cylinder – 1003 CC – 23 hp

Transmission : £-speed manual

Dimensions : L : 3,72 m  l : 1,42 m

Weight : 750 kilos

Max speed: 100 km/h